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World Health Organization.
This publication shares news related to the World Health Organization's Global Patient Safety Challenge.
Journal Article > Commentary
Perencevich EN, Pittet D. JAMA. 2009;301:1285-1287.
Journal Article > Study
Impact of a national multimodal intervention to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infection in the ICU: the Spanish experience.
Palomar M, Alvarez-Lerma F, Riera A, et al. Crit Care Med. 2013;41:2364-2372.
A multifaceted intervention that included checklists and efforts to improve safety culture resulted in a marked reduction in central line–associated bloodstream infections in a large cohort of intensive care units in Spain. The intervention was modeled on the landmark Keystone ICU study, and its success illustrates the generalizability of this approach to different countries and health care systems.
Journal Article > Study
Salge TO, Vera A, Antons D, Cimiotti JP. Health Serv Res. 2017;52:959-983.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a known cause of serious hospital-acquired infections. This study analyzed the effect of various hospital organizational factors on the incidence of MRSA bloodstream infections. The investigators concluded that hand hygiene, intensive general cleaning efforts, infection control training, and a safety culture conducive to error reporting are the organizational factors associated with significant decreases in MRSA infections.
Journal Article > Review
Lydon S, Power M, McSharry J, et al. Crit Care Med. 2017;45:e1165-e1172.
This systematic review examined efforts to improve hand hygiene in critical care settings. Although many interventions were effective, poor methodological rigor and bundled interventions limited identification of best practices. A previous PSNet perspective discussed approaches to measuring and improving hand hygiene, including human factors engineering.
Special or Theme Issue
GMS J Med Educ. 2019;36:Doc11-Doc22.
Patient safety has been described as an unmet need in physician training. This special issue covers areas of focus for a patient safety curriculum drawn from experience in the German medical education system. Topics covered include human error, blame, and responsibility. Articles also review the epidemiology of common problems such as medication safety, organizational contributors to failure, and diagnostic error.